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The US prevalence of self-reported carpal tunnel syndrome: 1988 National Health Interview Survey data.
Tanaka S; Wild DK; Seligman PJ; Behrens V; Cameron L; Putz-Anderson V
Am J Public Health 1994 Nov; 84(11):1846-1848
The extent and distribution of carpal tunnel syndrome among United States (US) adults and the effects of carpal tunnel syndrome on jobs and daily life were described. One adult per household that had responded to the Occupational Health Supplement to the National Health Interview Survey were selected for an interview; there were 44,233 respondents. Carpal tunnel syndrome was divided into two groups, self reported and medically called. The prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome amongst US workers that had ever worked was 1.55% and was higher among females. Race had the highest adjusted odds ratio followed by sex and age. Twenty two percent of recent workers had one or more days of hand discomfort in the last 12 months and 5.9% of these had self reported carpal tunnel syndrome. Among subjects with prolonged hand discomfort, 5.8% were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome by a medical person. Individuals with medically called carpal tunnel syndrome experienced a median of 12 weeks of consecutive hand discomfort and had the highest percentage of sleep disturbances, missing work, changes in work activities, and changing jobs due to hand discomfort.
NIOSH-Author; Humans; Hand-injuries; Morbidity-rates; Health-survey; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Occupational-health; Worker-health; Racial-factors; Age-factors; Carpal-tunnel-syndrome; Cumulative-trauma-disorders;
Shiro Tanaka, MD, MS, Mail Stop R-21, NIOSH/CDC, 4676 Columbia Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Issue of Publication
American Journal of Public Health
Page last reviewed: June 15, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division